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Iranians Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi win EU's Sakharov Prize

Iranian rights activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film-maker Jafar Panahi, on Friday won the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize, just days after the EU tightened sanctions against Tehran. The prize “is a message of solidarity and recognition to a woman and a man who have not been bowed by fear and intimidation and who have decided to put the fate of their country before their own,” said parliament president Martin Schulz.


The UN Secretary-General's remarks at the School of International Relations

As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have been addressing many different groups of people. Do you know who would be the most difficult group of people to speak to? These are the group of professors. What can I say to the professors who are teaching? I was taught and educated by professors.


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Iran opposition leaders in human rights plea to UN secretary general


Ban Ki-moon urged to visit Tehran political prisoners during summit of Non-Aligned Movement

Iran's opposition has urged the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to visit political prisoners and press the regime over its human rights record during a controversial trip to Tehran for a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement this week.


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The Executive Board of the United Republicans of Iran

Open Letter to:
Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations


We welcome your participation at the non-aligned-countries summit in Tehran due 30th of August 2012. We consider this event as an auspicious forum at which solutions for today’s global problems may be formulated.
We for our part would like to contribute in this venture by respectfully bringing to your attention that with the Islamic Republic of Iran you will be approaching a government that is constantly violating human rights and democratic principles.


Government to Implement Gender Segregation?

77 Academic Subjects Announced Not Suitable for Women

The 935,000 applicants to Iranian universities for the next academic year face unprecedented gender discrimination in some study subjects. New previously un-announced restrictions are barring women from pursuing certain university studies. Most of these academic programs are generally in the engineering fields which until last year were equally open to men and women. With the new regulations, some 77 specific academic fields at the graduate level will be denied to women in the country’s 36 government universities.


All Iranian gas export routes to EU deadlocked

Despite Iranian official's statements about finalising the country's gas exports to some EU countries, economic advisor of the European Union Mehrdad Emadi told Trend that all of the Iranian National Gas Company's negotiations with several European countries have reached deadlock.


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Joint Statement on the Right to Education and Academic Freedom in Iran

17 human rights and student organizations express deep concern about the alarming state of academic freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly on campuses; and institutionalized procedures that allow authorities arbitrarily to expel and suspend students, and fire graduate instructors on the basis of their political views or activities.


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Human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah summonsed to serve a nine-year prison term

On April 28, 2012, Mr. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a human rights lawyer and founding member of the DHRC, was informed by Judge Salavati of Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court, as the former was attempting to represent a political prisoner, that his nine-year imprisonment sentence and his 10-year ban on practising law and teaching had been upheld on appeal. In the past, he has defended many political and student activists and unionists as well as the Christian Pastor Mr. Yousef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death on charge of apostasy.